1) Make your intention for attendance sincerely to benefit yourself in your religion.
2) Lower your gaze when walking through the halls and at all times. Indeed one of the elements that assist a student in his quest for knowledge is taqwa.
3) Purchase all the material needed (books, notebooks, pens, recorders, etc) before attending the conference.
4) Find a group of righteous individuals to review with during breaks and at night.
5) Do not gather with others except that there is some religious benefit mentioned.
6) Try to sit close to the speaker; this is encouraged in the famous hadeeth of Jibreel (as).
7) If you find yourself falling asleep during a lecture, change your sitting place.
8) The student should review the information taught before going to sleep at night and in the morning. This will help a person to preserve what he heard during the day. It is noticed that many people spend the night chatting with their friends; this is a major hindrance in the path of the student of knowledge and is alos a reason why a person finds it difficult to perform Salaatul Fajr in congregation.
9) After the conference os over and a person returns home, it is important that for the next few days or weeks, the student reviews all of the knowledge taught. The notebook should not be placed on the bookshelf, never to be touched until the following year. The only way a person truly benefits is when he reviews the past information efficiently.
An Important Piece Of Advice For Sisters Attending Seminars/Lectures:
10) Sisters with children should take turns taking care of each other’s children.
For example, 4 sisters (A, B, C, D) would like to attend the lesson, but all of them have children. They should divide the lectures daily.
Sister A takes all the kids for the first lesson while sisters B, C and D attend. Sister B takes the children for the second lesson while sisters A, C and D attend. If the sisters follow this method, inshaa Allaah, all will benefit.
And at night once all the children are asleep, all the sisters can gather and share the missed notes (and of course, adjustments can be made to this suggestion to suit specific needs).
[Taken from 'Clear Advice For Benefiting From Islaamic Lectures', Pp. 73-74]